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Mayock on draftable tight ends

NFL NETWORK analyst Mike Mayock, a Newtown Square resident, will break down each position in advance of the draft for Daily News readers. Here is Part 4 with his take on the tight ends:

Mayock on draftable tight ends

"He’s got very good hands and can get vertical," Mike Mayock said about Coby Fleener. (Michael Conroy/AP)
"He’s got very good hands and can get vertical," Mike Mayock said about Coby Fleener. (Michael Conroy/AP)

NFL NETWORK analyst Mike Mayock, a Newtown Square resident, will break down each position in advance of the draft for Daily News readers. Here is Part 4 with his take on the tight ends:

BEST

COBY FLEENER

Stanford

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6-6, 247

Hand: 10

Arm: 33

40-yard dash: 4.56

225-bench: 27

Projected Rd.: 2

Mayock: “He’s got very good hands and can get vertical. In Stanford’s offense, they demand physicality. This kid is not a trained killer. He’s not a great blocker. But he gives effort in the run, which is the most you can ask of these tight ends coming out of college these days. He should get bigger and stronger in an NFL building, and ultimately he's going to be a weapon in the pass game. If he sneaks into the first round, it wouldn’t surprise me. But abilitywise, he's a second-rounder. I expect him to go somewhere between 28 and 40.’’

RISER

JAMES HANNA

Oklahoma

6-3 ¾, 252

Hand: 9 7/8

Arm: 33 1/8

40-yard dash: 4.49

225-bench: 24

Projected Rd.: 4

Mayock: “He doesn’t block anybody, but when you’re talking about a 252-pound kid who can run a 4.45, that’s rare. Because of that, he’s going to get pushed up. I think he’s going to go in the fourth round, and I think it’s going to be somebody who’s going to say, ‘I know he’s not a blocker. But we’ve already got a blocking tight end. He’s going to be more of a move guy that we’re going to develop.’ If you’re a team that already has a base-blocking tight end and you’re looking for a vertical threat to pair with him, this is the kind of kid you draft.’’

SLEEPER

RHETT ELLISON

USC

6-5, 251

Hand: 10 ¼

Arm: 32 ¾

40-yard dash: 4.88

225-bench: NA

Projected Rd.: 4-5

Mayock: “I really like this kid. He’s a fullback/h-back tight end. He was a point-of-attack guy at USC. It didn’t matter where they lined him up, he was the point of the football. He blocked. He caught the ball. He ran a little bit. He can run short and intermediate routes. He reminds me a little bit of the kid out of Pitt that ended up with the Giants last year, \[Henry\] Hynoski. He’s that kind of kid. A jack-of-all-trades. He’s not going to catch your eye. But he’s a football player and he’s going to make somebody’s team and he’s going to be a good player.’’

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